New works played by the Joachim Quartet

Eugen D’Albert, Quartets Op. 7 (1887) and 11 (1903) Woldemar Bargiel, Quartets Op. 15b (1877), op. 47 (1887, 1891, 1898), Octet op. 15a (1880) Richard Barth, Op. 15 (MS = manuscript), 1900) Wilhelm Berger, Quintet in e minor, op. 75 (1899) Ernst von Dohnányi, Quartet in a major, op. 7 (MS, 1902) Antonin Dvorák, Quartets Op. 51 (1880, 1888, 1895, 1904), op. 61 (1882, 1895, 1902), and op. 80 (1890); Sextet op. 48 (1879, 1901)…

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The “Conservative” Joachim Quartet

1870s Reviews of the quartet’s performances in its first decade were almost always completely positive. The only complaints were about the conservative programming, with the prevalence of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, some Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn–and almost always Beethoven. In 1878 a program of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven’s Op. 131 had a reviewer commenting that since the Joachim Quartet concerts were “the caviar of  musical delicacies,” the Singakademie was filled to the last place. Still, it “would…

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